SPECIAL EVENTS IN DECEMBER
GIVING TUESDAY: Tuesday, December 1. Join in national "Giving Tuesday" by supporting a local charity for the holiday season. Tax-deductible donations can be made to Rufty-Holmes Senior Center to benefit the Annual Fund, Capital Fund, Endowment Fund or Scholarship Fund.
HANDMADE CHRISTMAS CARD WORKSHOP: Tuesday, December 1 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Wednesday, December 2 from 9:30am - 10:30am. Free blood pressure readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball. A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.
AARP HOLIDAY COVERED DISH LUNCHEON: Thursday, December 3 at 12:30pm. In addition to bringing a covered dish to share for lunch, attendees are asked to bring canned goods for Rowan Helping Ministries. After lunch, Nancy Sloop will lead a "Christmas Remembered" sing-a-long. All local older adults age 50+ are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the Rufty-Holmes Front Desk at 704-216-7714.
MIND AEROBICS ART CLASS: An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-4pm. $10 per session payable to the instructor.
WALK-ABOUTS OUTING: The Walk-Abouts will meet on Friday, December 11 at 11:00 am at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center Fitness Annex for a thirty-minute indoor walk, followed by joining other exercisers at the Center for a carry-in lunch and Christmas Party. Bring your favorite dish to share. Call the Front Desk to register at 704-216-7714.
HEALTH AND FITNESS CLUB GATHERING: Friday, December 11 at 11:00am. This month, in lieu of a Health and Fitness Club meeting, Club members are invited to join the Walkabout's "Indoor Fitness Walk" to be followed by the Christmas Party for all exercise participants at the Center. Bring a covered dish item to share at the party. Call the Front Desk at 704-216-7714 to sign up for the luncheon.
EXERCISE CLASSES CHRISTMAS PARTY: Friday, December 11 at 11:30am. Everyone involved with fitness and exercise classes at the Center is invited. Bring your favorite covered dish to share. Pre-registration is requested by contacting the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.
WINTER ARTS CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Monday, December 14 at 3:00pm. Listen to a beautiful harp duo with symphony musicians Helen Rifus and Sally Duran, sponsored by Pruitt Health Hospice and Gegorek & Associates Realty. After the concert, guests can enjoy the display of seasonal artwork from local older adult artists who attend various art classes offered at the Center. Refreshments will be served. Registration is not required, and there is no charge to attend.
BUS TRIP TO BILTMORE HOUSE AT CHRISTMAS: Tuesday, December 15. Motor coach transportation leaves the Center at 6:30am for Asheville, NC. On the way we will stop for breakfast. Once we arrive at the Biltmore House, we'll have a chance to ooh and awe over the beautiful Christmas decorations in the House through the self-guided tour. After lunch at Cheddars, we will return to explore the Biltmore Gardens and Antler Village. If you wish, you may take a tour of the winery. We will return to the bus at 4:30pm. On the way home we will stop for a snack or meal. We should arrive back at the Center around 7:45pm. Cost per person is $80 which includes transportation and admission fee. All meals and snacks are Dutch-treat.
Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be registered with the Center to purchase a ticket. If it is more convenient, you can also pay by credit card as well as with cash or check.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, December 2 at 3:00pm. A seated waiting line will be provided in the Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00pm for those who arrive early.
ESSENTIAL OILS CLASS: Tuesday, December 15 at 1:00pm.Learn about using therapeutic grade essential oils to replace harsh chemical cleaning products, improve your health, for aromatherapy, to improve your food, your environment and much more. Join Harry Hinson for this informative presentation. A variety of essential oils will be on display for participants to view and test. There is no charge for the seminar, but advance registration is requested by contacting the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.
MOVIE OF THE MONTH - "THE PREACHER'S WIFE": Wednesday, December 16 at 2:00pm. When God overhears a church preacher (Courtney B. Vance) despairing the potential loss of a youth center, he dispatches an angel (Denzel Washington) to help him out. Trouble is, the preacher isn't easily convinced that his guardian angel is the real thing. An inspired reworking of the uplifting 1940s movie The Bishop's Wife, "The Preacher's Wife" stars Washington and Whitney Houston at their dazzling best. Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management. Free and shown on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. (Motion picture license #12137390).
ROWAN COUNTY ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP: Thursday, December 17 at 5:30pm. An open invitation is extended to join the group for a light meal, featured speakers and time to share thoughts, feelings and tips on caring for each other and loved ones with dementia. Affiliated with the Western NC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, the support group is facilitated by Trinity at Home. For additional information, contact Teresa Dakins at 704-603-2778 or Deborah Tillman at 704-603-2779.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB TRIP TO DAN NICHOLAS PARK: Friday, December 18. Meet at Dan Nicholas Park in the parking lot for Shelter #8 at 9:00 am. There will be options for a moderate hike at a gentle pace (approximately 2.5 miles) and a longer brisk moderate hike (3.5 or more miles). Bring water, a snack, shoes with good support and good tread, and money for a Dutch-treat lunch afterwards at Jimmy's Lakeside Restaurant. Dress appropriately for the weather. Participation is at your own risk. New participants will need to complete an information survey at the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather, call the Center, as the outing may be postponed. To register for this activity call 704-216-7714.
WATERCOLOR JAM: Wednesday, December 30 from 1:00-4:00pm. This is an open session for all watercolor painters to work on art creations. There is no instructor. Each artist must be responsible for his or her own supplies and for cleaning up afterwards. No registration necessary.
ON-GOING EXERCISE CLASSES: Join one of 27 different land or aquatics exercise classes offered weekly at the Center. Participants must be registered with the Center and receive a fitness consultation prior to joining a class. There is no charge for participants who hold valid SilverSeakers® or Silver&Fit® supplemental insurance benefit. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714.
CHAIR MASSAGES: Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center on Fridays by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT. Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.
Enjoy BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50, sponsored by Beltone Hearing Aid Centers.
Members are invited to enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments.
Senior Games shuffleboard will be held on Friday, December 4 from 8:30am - 11:30am.
Chair Volleyball is held each Wednesday & Friday afternoon at 1:00pm in the Rufty Fitness Annex. Pre-registration is not required.
OTHER DECEMBER CLUB MEETINGS & HOLIDAY PARTIES:
TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am
Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am
Rufty Holmes Lady Liners - Each Tuesday at 10:00am
Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am except Dec 23
R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am except Dec 24
Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm except Dec 24
Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm except Dec 25
Busy Bees Craft Club - Thursday, December 3 at 9:30am
Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, December 3 at 10:00am
Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, December 7 at 8:30am
Ambassadors Club Covered Dish Luncheon - Monday, December 7 at noon
Rufty-Holmes Board & Staff Dinner - Tuesday, December 8 at 6:30pm
Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, December 10 at 9:00am
Men's Breakfast Club Holiday Dinner - Thursday, December 10 at 6:00pm
Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, December 10 at 6:30pm
Multiple Myeloma Support Group - Monday, December 14 at 10:30am
Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, December 14 at 2:00pm
Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, December 15 at 10:30am
Sunny Days Quilters - Thursday, December 17 at 1:00pm
Carolina Artists - Thursday, December 17 at 7:00pm
Duke Energy Retirees Luncheon - Friday, December 18 at 11:00am
LUNCH CLUBS: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.
BROADCAST BINGO: Available through the Center's Outreach Program for Rowan County older adults age 60 and older. Win prizes from sponsors by listening daily to Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7723 to enroll and for more information. Free.
LISTEN TO "SENIOR MOMENTS" DAILY MONDAY-FRIDAY AT 6:25am & 10:25am ON MEMORIES 1280 WSAT RADIO.
APPOINTMENTS FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE: Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc). The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aid office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.
APPOINTMENTS FOR OMBUDSMAN ASSISTANCE: Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, is available to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.
ASSISTANCE WITH HEARING NEEDS: For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Schedule an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.
"ARE YOU OK?" SERVICE: Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.
INSURANCE INFORMATION PROGRAM ASSISTANCE: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7703 for more information.
GOLD CARDS: Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID.
GENERAL INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE: Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults. If you have a need, call the Center's Information & Assistance Program at 704-216-7700.
RUFTY-HOLMES SENIOR CENTER AND ALL LUNCH CLUB SITES WILL BE CLOSED DECEMBER 23-27 FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS.
NEED A RIDE TO THE SENIOR CENTER? THE CITY BUS SERVES THE SENIOR CENTER HOURLY (AT APPROXIMATELY 5 MINUTES PAST THE HOUR) MONDAY - FRIDAY ON ROUTE # 1. FOR INFORMATION CALL 704-638-5252.
COUNTY RESIDENTS AGE 60 AND OLDER CAN QUALIFY FOR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE TO THE CENTER AT 704-216-8888.
SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE FOR ANY LOCAL OLDER ADULT WHO NEEDS HELP WITH PROGRAM FEES FOR CLASSES OR ACTIVITIES. NO ONE IS REFUSED PARTICIPATION BASED ON AN INABILITY TO PAY PROGRAM FEES. SUPPORT FOR PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS IS PROVIDED BY THE BLANCHE & JULIAN ROBERTSON FAMILY FOUNDATION AND THE FIRST UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. CONTACT ANY STAFF MEMBER FOR INFORMATION.
WANT TO PROVIDE A SPECIAL HOLIDAY, BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY OR THANK YOU GIFT FOR THAT OLDER ADULT WHO ALREADY HAS EVERYTHING? STOP BY THE SENIOR CENTER OFFICE TO PURCHASE A DISCOUNT COUPON FOR A CLASS OR ACTIVITY OFFERED AT RUFTY-HOLMES.